Lit Review 7: GPL Guide Chapter 12.1 & OSI Business Models
Who: Lawyers at Open Source Initiative and Software Freedom Law Center
What: A Bit of the GPL Guide and OSI's thoughts on Open Source Business Models
Where: On the Internet Here and Here
The Gist: This reading shows how open source can have business models that make it a competitor to its closed source counterparts.
- Great explanation of the different models
- Good examples of the models
- Showcases how some of the best technology was made at open source businesses
- Some examples are dated
- Very strict with what possible open source business models could be
- Reads more like a persuasive arguement than actual facts
- Are these the only possible business models for open source?
- Is there any actual software/business that is based off accessorizing?
- What others companies use the widget frosting business model?
Review: This is a good starting point for individuals thinking of taking their open source project into a business. Otherwise it is an interesting reading for those interested if an open source business is possible.
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